The 62-28 victory for the Sun Devils in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl was an incredible effort by the entire team. From the opening kickoff, Navy was outmanned and outgunned.
Arizona State ran the ball 49 times for 380 yards. The standout performance of the day was by Marion Grice, who picked up 159 yards on 14 carries despite still mourning the loss of his brother last week in Houston.
Grice ran the ball in from 10 yards out to make it 14-0 ASU in the first quarter - here's how it happened:
The Devils could not have played this game any better. Efficient, disciplined, aggressive -- all the hallmarks of a Todd Graham team.
Box score statistics of note, ASU
1st downs: 36
3rd down efficiency: 5-7
Total offensive yards: 648
Passing yards: 268
Rushing yards: 380
Penalties: 2 for 25
Individual performances of note, ASU
Rashad Ross, 4 receptions, 139 yards, 3 touchdowns
Alonzo Agwuenu, 2 receptions, 21 yards, 1st career touchdown
Taylor Kelly, 17/19, 268 passing yards, 4 touchdown passes, 81 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown
Cameron Marshall, 7 carries, 81 yards, 2 touchdowns
Will Sutton: 2.5 sacks
Winning the Territorial Cup and defeating a bowl opponent is the greatest way to end any football season. The Sun Devils now have a ton of momentum going into the offseason, having won the most games in a season since 2007's 10-win campaign.
Deantre Lewis saw action at running back for the first time since the Northern Arizona game on August 30, rushing for 27 yards on seven carries. It's great to see him back in the fold, and he may compete for carries now that Cameron Marshall is graduating from the program.
Ross's performance was especially satisfying for fans who were frustrated by his penchant for dropping passes at critical junctures this season. In his final game at ASU, he gave Sun Devil fans something to remember him by: his speed and his effort.
It was obvious from the beginning at the Devils were serious about winning this game, and they executed the gameplan very well against a sometimes tricky triple-option attack. The only misstep was allowing the kickoff return by Gee Gee Greene, but that can be fixed with some film room sessions going into next year.
On a final note, this quote in the AP recap of the game gives me hope that Will Sutton will stay at ASU for his senior season.
"I hope we never play that triple option again," Sutton said. "We handled it real well. We've been practicing about a month for this game. In due time, we were going to get it down. We did and we came and had a good game."
He hopes we never play that triple option again! That is the sound of a man who is thinking about next year already.